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Florida Architecture

If you're planning on buying a Florida home or upgrading to a different Florida property, you'll find that there are a lot of architectural styles to choose from. Our real estate agents understand that having so many options can feel overwhelming, especially if you aren't sure exactly what you're searching for in a home.

We recommend learning about the different architectural options so that you feel more comfortable when you're shopping for a home. Here are some of the most popular Florida home styles. 

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Florida Orchestras

Are you ready for another amazing year of music and culture in Florida in 2022? Florida is home to a vibrant collection of orchestras, featuring both experienced performers and youth groups honing their craft. Tickets sell quickly for the biggest shows, so now is the perfect time to start planning your concert schedule for the year. We've got the details you need to find the best performances throughout the area.

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Bubble Tea Florida

Have you tried the latest tea trend that's sweeping Central Florida? Bubble tea was first created in Taiwan, where it's known as boba tea, and it's a sweet, refreshing tea with a texture unlike any tea drink. That's because of the sweet, chewy tapioca balls, called boba, which give the drink both its name and its fascinating flavor. Whether you're brand new to bubble tea or you already have a favorite flavor, there's a local tea shop that's ready to serve you. We've got the delicious details in our guide to five of the best places to enjoy bubble tea around Central Florida.

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Cooking a new recipe at home is nice, and so is grabbing a bite at your favorite hole-in-the-wall joint. But occasionally, why not live like royalty? And if you happen to be in Central Florida's crown jewel city, you've got bountiful options for fine dining. So the next time you want to dine on something a little more luxurious, try one of these upscale restaurants in Orlando, FL.

Kres Chophouse

Kres boldly proclaims to not be your father's steakhouse. Indeed, don't let its location within a 1930s landmark building fool you into thinking Kres is all old-school. Rather, they blend the past with the present to create a modern dining experience founded on the principles of polished service without pretension. As for the menu, Kres serves up aged in-house steaks, locally sourced seafood, and even unique dishes like elk.

The Palm Restaurant

Nestled within the beating heart of Universal Orlando lies a Hard Rock Hotel, and within that hotel you'll find the colossal dining experience of The Palm. Feast on juicy steaks, flavorful seafood, or Italian specialties like veal martini in an atmosphere that's upscale without the quiet stuffiness you might find at other restaurants.

Highball & Harvest

This eatery set inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando pays homage to both the classic highball cocktail and the "highball" train conductor signal to depart at full speed. You might wonder what that has to do with a fancy restaurant, but it makes sense; full-speed trains were the primary means of transporting harvests from field to table back in the day, and Highball & Harvest maintains the same farm-to-table philosophy in its unique menu creations to this day. That philosophy yields delicious results, like triple-dipped fried chicken and wood-fired duck breast.

The Boheme

The Boheme promises to put a twist on breakfast, lunch, and dinner with its artful and unexpected culinary experience. Bold, bright colors bring the dining areas to life as much as the innovative dishes on your plate. Try the cast iron waffles for breakfast or a lamb burger dressed with feta and olive tapenade for lunch. The dinner menu features corn-fed beef steaks, fresh Mediterranean salmon, and unique sides like yellow beets and Yukon mash.

Chatham's Place

For more than 30 years, Chatham's Place has aimed to provide diners with more than just a meal, but a magical experience. It starts in the front of the house with impeccable service and continues into the kitchen, where the team of chefs prepare refined dishes made with fresh ingredients – many of which are sourced from the executive chef's personal garden. Entrees like the filet mignon, spicy chicken Louisiana, and Florida black grouper are nothing short of culinary masterpieces.

The Oceanaire

Longing for the best seafood Orlando has to offer? Look no farther than The Oceanaire, an upscale restaurant serving up fresh, sustainably caught fish, oysters, and more from the sea. This isn't your typical seafood restaurant; sure, you can order crab cakes and salmon, but the menu offers so much more. Try the chicken-fried lobster served with cheesy grits or take a bite out of jerk-seasoned Ecuador swordfish served with fried plantains and pineapple salsa. You won't view seafood the same after a trip to The Oceanaire.

Victoria & Albert's

Victoria & Albert's hearkens back to a different era when dining was a sophisticated experience accentuated by exceptional service and palate-pleasing dishes. Whether you choose to dine in The Dining Room, Queen Victoria's Room, or at The Chef's Table, you'll be treated to a truly elegant, intimate experience – and that's to say nothing of the cuisine. Chef Scott Hunnel and his team source global markets every day for each season's unique flavors and ingredients, ensuring dishes like Spanish octopus with Iberico ham and sherry vinaigrette shine with unmistakable yet signature zest.


Even if summer is your favorite time of year, there are still days where the sun's draining rays are just too much to bear. There's plenty to occupy your time at home, sure, but getting out of the house is liberating – especially when the kids are out on summer break. Luckily, there's so much to do in Central Florida's most prominent city that doesn't involve being outside. Beat the heat this summer with these popular indoor activities in Orlando, FL.

Sea Life Aquarium

Come face to face with stunning undersea life at this Orlando aquarium. From majestic sharks to inquisitive sea turtles and so much more, you'll gain a new appreciation for all aquatic creatures with a visit to Sea Life Aquarium.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Take a journey into the odd side of life at Ripley's Believe It or Not, a museum celebrating all things weird, bizarre, and strange.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Splitsville pairs its unique take on the classic game of bowling with an even more classic '50s aesthetic to create one of the city's most exciting bowling destinations. Be sure to try to decidedly un-bowling-alley menu featuring sophisticated dishes like tuna steak sliders, fresh-rolled sushi, and filet mignon (!).


Wonderworks bills itself as Central Florida's most unique attraction, and we'll be honest: it's hard to argue that declaration. This is, after all, an indoor amusement park where you can get knocked around by hurricane-strength winds, play hoops against a virtual 7 ft. defender, and lay on a bed of nails.


The escape room craze is alive and well in Orlando, and you can experience the best the city has to offer at Escapology. Engage in historical-themed escape rooms like the Cuban Crisis or take on a world-class hacker in Th3 C0D3.

Orlando Science Center

Looking for a place to take the kids that's as educational as it is fun? Pay a visit to the Orlando Science Center and watch as your little ones are wowed by the natural ecosystems of Florida, the kinetic wonders of engineering, and the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.

Monkey Joe's

Monkey Joe's is another popular spot for your kids to have some fun this summer. Bounce houses, obstacle courses, and arcade games make Monkey Joe's a paradise in the eyes of any child.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

You'll probably never meet Taylor Swift in real life, but you can still get a photo with her amazingly lifelike wax facsimile at the famous Madame Tussauds. She's just one of the dozens of attractions you'll find in this iconic Orlando indoor attraction.

Crayola Experience

As you'd expect from the name, Crayola Experience is a dazzling world of color brought to life with 26 hands-on attractions. There's so much for kids to enjoy here, from naming and wrapping their very own crayon to seeing firsthand how crayons are made.

K1 Speed

Feed your need for speed at the appropriately named indoor go-kart track K1 Speed. Strap in to electric carts that reach speeds of 50 MPH and zip around the professionally designed track for an adrenaline-pumping experience you won't soon forget.

Orlando Museum of Art

Enjoy the city's finest collection of art from around the world at Orlando's Museum of Art. Traveling exhibitions join collections of awe-inspiring art dating from the ancient Americas to modern pieces.

The Mall at Millenia

This sprawling Orlando mall is home to more than 150 upscale stores and dining options, featuring big-name destinations like Bloomingdale's, Banana Republic, Louis Vuitton, and more.


Dinner is overrated, and lunch is a little too impersonal. No, this Mother's Day, treat your mom to a meal so special, it borrows freely from breakfast and lunch: brunch! And luckily for you, Central Florida is awash with unique brunch menus and specials. Try one of these eateries and let us know which one you (and your mom) think has the best brunch in Winter Park, FL!

The Porch 643 N Orange Ave.

The Porch prides itself on a menu full of "edible innovations." Whether that means a collection of cheese, bacon, and egg stuffed into a glazed donut or their own version of classics like chicken and waffles, there's no denying how deliciously edible The Porch's cuisine is. And on Sundays, you can crash their all you can eat brunch buffet. Mother's Day just so happens to be on a Sunday…

310 Park South 310 Park Ave. South

Go big at brunch with a trip to 310 Park South where you can order up a ribeye, two eggs, and potatoes. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with a bite of their sweet crunch-coated French toast. 310 even offers up a few lighter options if you're not looking to blow your calorie limit on one meal, like pear and brie cheese on an English muffin. It's hard to go wrong at 310 Park South.

The Ravenous Pig 565 W. Fairbanks Ave.

The Ravenous Pig serves up sustainable foods using locally sourced ingredients in a charming space that toes the line between casual and upscale. It's also home to one of Winter Park's most unique brunch menus. Inspired takes on brunch juggernauts like chicken and waffles (chicken and churros here) or eggs benedict (covered with prime rib at The Ravenous Pig) dominate the entrée menu, while their brunch starters ran the gamut from fresh salads to cinnamon donuts.

Brio 480 N. Orlando Ave.

Brio's brunch menu is short and sweet, offering the simple classics crafted with care. Try the ham and biscuit benedict with grilled asparagus or the refreshing berries and cream French toast. Or step outside the box for pan-seared shrimp and creamy polenta.

Bulla Gastrobar 110 S. Orlando Ave., Suite #7

Bulla is opening its doors an hour earlier than usual at 10 a.m. on Mother's Day, giving you plenty of time to get in before the crowd and enjoy some delicious brunch. One of Bulla's specialties is its Brunch Prix Fixe menu, a three-course meal where you select an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from their menu of divine brunch staples.

Hamilton's Kitchen 300 E. New England Ave.

Located inside The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Hamilton's Kitchen offers a unique Mother's Day brunch. It's so special, in fact, you have to buy tickets in advance. The elegant menu is well worth the price of admission, however, with a range of charcuterie options, omelets, savory entrees, and decadent desserts.

The Glass Knife 276 S. Orlando Ave.

Experience scrumptious delicacies in a welcoming space at The Glass Knife. Menu items like avocado and egg toast, cheddar biscuit sandwich, and lemon blueberry waffle stack cover the breakfast side of brunch, while a collection of sandwiches and tomato cheese soup ensure lunch-lovers will be satisfied as well. No matter what you order, top it off with a donut or a slice of cake from their world-class bakery.


Over the last several years, Central Florida has grown into one of the most appealing places to live for those commanding a high salary.  Indeed, many celebrities and sports stars have called the area home, from former NFL stars like Charles Woodson to golf legend Tiger Woods. If you believe cost comes second to luxury, you'll want to check out this collection of nine of the most expensive neighborhoods in Central Florida.


Windermere is home to a lot of real money. The median household income here as of 2017 was more than $111,000, so homes here definitely cost a pretty penny. Especially when you factor in Isleworth, the affluent gated community where Tiger Woods used to reside.

Lake Nona

A growing group of biotech companies, hospitals, and medical research groups can be found in Lake Nona, contributing to the great deal of wealth in the community. Luxury homes might make up the majority of Lake Nona's expensive properties, but apartment living is also very popular in the area thanks to the abundance of high-class condos and townhomes available.


Tucked away in the Markham Woods corridor of Central Florida lies Alaqua, a prestigious golf community. This gated neighborhood is full of stunning multimillion-dollar estates ranging in style from Mediterranean to contemporary. Everything in Alaqua centers around its crown jewel: the 18-hole golf course designed by nine-time Major winner Gary Player.

Bay Hill

The suburban neighborhood of Bay Hill features mostly medium to large-sized homes that go for a median price of nearly $650,000. That eye-popping figure puts Bay Hill in the upper 6% of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Florida. It's no surprise this community is home to many high-level executives and other similarly affluent residents.

Dr. Phillips

Like Bay Hill, the median price of homes in Dr. Phillips clocks in at just under $650,000. The lavish lifestyle on display in Dr. Phillips is aided by its proximity to world-class medical facilities, major entertainment hubs in downtown Orlando, and Restaurant Row, a stretch of eateries ranging from independent specialties to high-end chains.

Belle Isle

Residents in Belle Isle enjoy not only the amazing sights of living upon the shores of the Conway Chain of Lakes, but the incredible lifestyle that comes with it. Indeed, those who can afford the steep cost of living will tell you just how wonderful it is to call Belle Isle home. Even if you opt for a condo over a house, you're in for an upscale living experience.


Even though it's part of the larger Lake Mary community, Heathrow's size and popularity sets it apart from the area. The master-planned gated community has seen many famous sports stars and personalities take up residence within, a fact that's reflected in the neighborhood's home price stats; it's not uncommon for Heathrow homes to reach $3 million.


Acuera sets itself apart from other affluent neighborhoods in Central Florida by its emphasis on nature. Much of Acuera has a serene, untouched quality to it, like the acres of pristine landscape set aside for conversation or the peaceful banks of the Wekiva River. Beautiful scenery like this only makes the pricey homes found in Acuera even more attractive.


Another gated community near the Markham Woods Corridor, Carisbrooke is surrounded by a state preserve. Ancient oaks frame the many homesites here, some of which stretch out to a full acre. Residents of the high-priced neighborhood enjoy more than just great scenery; they're only five minutes from the restaurants and shops of Colonial Town Park.

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